April 26, 2009
Israeli Whiz Kid Aims to Transform the Car Industry
If you could spend $208 on a small device that fitted to your car engine, saving you up to 40 percent on your gas consumption, the earth from pollution, and which also gave your car more power, you'd think it was too good to be true, right? Well this is exactly the promise of a new invention, the Z5, devised by an Israeli teenager Zion Badash when he was only 16.
After two years in the works, Badash started selling his device a few months ago, with road tests to prove it. Car manufacturers around the world are lining up for stakes in this wunderkind's new device.
Badash came up with the idea while he was walking down a smoggy street in Tel Aviv one day, and noticed all the pollution belching out of the cars. "That bothered me," he tells ISRAEL21c. He hadn't even started studying for his driving license at that time, and had no idea about the cost of fuel. It was the environmental cost of pollution that put his gears in motion.
Less fuel, more power, slashes emissions
"Especially being a young kid, I had no idea what was the cost of gas or the fuel consumption for regular cars," says Badash, now 18. "I realized if [the solution] comes before the combustion itself, the effect will not only be on emissions -- it will also affect emissions, save fuel and make the more car powerful," the young brainiac continues.
Of course, more energy savings is "a big and important effect," he says, but it "wasn't my main concern."
Though Badash learned physics at high school and is already doing math at university courses, the knowledge he needed to come up with the special metal alloys in his device didn't come from either of these places. "I realized that there has to be something with all the technologies around us that isn't done, that could be," he says.
The device he developed changes -- for a fraction of a second -- the way air behaves when going into the combustion chamber. This change allows the engine to use air more efficiently, saving fuel and giving more thrust at the same time.
After developing the prototype of the Z5, Badash went on to found a three-man company. It's a family business run by Badash's brother-in-law Eli Mor, with headquarters in Tel Aviv and a manufacturing and distribution outlet in Turkey. The Z5 is now available through mail order via the company website, and already thousands of units have been sold so far.
Car manufacturers look to Badash
All of the world's large car manufacturers have been in contact with Mor, he tells ISRAEL21c. They are looking for ways it can be fitted directly into their vehicles. "Ford, Mazda, all the large companies have been in contact with us, and we are in talks with them," says Mor, who sees the environment as the main priority for the business: "This is the top of the work. We don't look at fluctuating gas prices."
What the alloy is made from is a secret, of course, and Badash admits he isn't quite sure how it works, but road tests on emissions show that it certainly does work. It can be fitted to new cars, or old ones, diesel, hybrid, buses -- basically any combustion engine, even power plants - says Badash, who is about to be recruited to the army.
"Using it in an open combustion chamber brings a maximum effect. You can see fuel consumption [go down] very clearly," he says. "It can be used everywhere. I am not exaggerating," says the teen convincingly, pointing to the company's website and recent emissions monitoring done by the authorities in Israel.
Fitted onto the air filter that goes to the combustion chambers, the Z5 is as easy to use as changing a tire. And for $208, this teen may be onto something that could revolutionize the auto industry. His brother-in-law seems to think so. He thinks Badash should win a Nobel Prize for the Z5.
Rex says : I'm guessing that the mesh simply zionizes the air... an ES generator would be cheaper.
The Jerusalem Post ( 15 March 2009 )
Here Comes the Z5
Eheud Z. Waldoks
Zion Badash, 18, from Savyon, has invented a device to reduce emissions from internal combustion engines in most vehicles by as much as 40 percent and significantly cut gasoline consumption.
The compact contraption called Z5 has no moving parts and can be easily self-installed in cars.
After two years of research and development, it went on the market three months ago - and by all accounts is selling like hot cakes.
"Some of the people who come to us want to reduce their emissions and others want to save money on gas," Badash told The Jerusalem Post on Friday.
While it is being marketed for automobiles, the Z5 will theoretically work with any type of engine, from huge electric turbines to home generators.
The initiative has been a private one, with no government funding contributing in any way, according to Z5 marketing director Eli Mor. Zion's father is securing the patent.
"We've started marketing the Z5 in Israel, Turkey, Great Britain, the US and on the Internet," Mor told the Post. "It goes for $208. We are also in negotiations with automobile manufacturers."
According to an IBA English News report on the Z5, a government-approved mechanic independently confirmed that the device reduced emissions in all sorts of vehicles, from trucks to cars.
The story of the Z5 began two years ago, when Badash was 16.
"I was walking down the street in Tel Aviv, noticing how hard it was to breathe and watching the exhaust come out of cars, and it really personally bothered me," he said.
"I came back home and thought to myself, 'Even after all of the technological advances, it still seems like an old movie with black smoke belching out behind the cars.'
"At that time, I didn't have a lot of knowledge about engines. I knew that there must be some problem with the engine's combustion [to have all that black smoke coming out] and I knew that an engine is about the combination of two elements: gas and air. I started looking into the gasoline side, but there had been lots of efforts to improve the gas - all sorts of additives - and none had really worked.
"So I started to think about the air side. I realized that if I wanted to change anything, I had to treat the air before it reached the combustion chamber."
From that initial brainstorm, after much trial and error, the Z5 emerged. In layman's terms, the device, built from a special alloy, improves the air flow into the engine in such a way that the combustion is much more efficient. By being more efficient, the car both uses less fuel and produces fewer emissions.
How does a teenager with a dream and lots of will power actually create a product? Trial and error, according to Badash.
"We had an old large generator in our house that used to put out lots of black smoke. I started trying to put different metals into the air filter. Then I would measure the amount of gas used and try and gauge whether less black smoke was coming out."
"It took a long time, with a lot of trial and error, until one day I realized that I was actually making a difference in the amount of smoke coming out," he recalled. "Well, I was very excited when I realized that I had discovered something which worked. It's not every day that a 16-year-old invents something.
"I went to my father and we took it to the next level. We spent two years perfecting it, finding the right metals. Now we've started to market it."
The next step for this budding inventor and entrepreneur is one familiar to most 18-year-olds here: Badash will soon be drafted into the IDF.
Asked whether he had any other ideas up his sleeve, Badash replied with a laugh, "We'll start with this right now and see where it goes."
HOW IT WORKS
When this higher quality air mixture reaches the combustion chambers it:
- Causes more efficient engine combustion (burning more of the fuel)
- Provides more engine power
- Results in a quieter engine running at optimal engine temperature
- Gives you more miles per gallon (kilometers per liter)
- And emits less pollution, like harmful carbon gases
And as a totally inert solution with no moving parts, Z5 needs no maintenance or repairs for as long as you drive.
How To Install --http:// www.upsite.co.il/uploaded/files/693_71ed16ddaab938583dbb942cc1814c56.pdf
Price -- $208
DEVICE TO IMPROVE THE BURNING INSIDE A FREE COMBUSTION COMPARTMENT
Inventor: BADASH ZION [IL] ; SAADY ILAN
Abstract -- The present invention provides an air supply assembly for providing air to an energy heat converter, the air supply assembly comprising an air inlet opening; an air outlet opening; and a metal element positioned in an air flow path between the air inlet opening and air outlet opening, wherein, when air which flowed through the metal element is used for combustion in the energy converter, the thermal efficiency of the energy converter increases, the fuel consumption of the energy converter is reduced and/or the air pollution created by the energy converter is reduced. The present invention also provides a method for reducing fuel consumption of an energy converter and a method for reducing air pollution created by an energy converter, the method comprising passing air through a metal element and using the air for combustion in the energy converter.
"Metal element 200 (Fig. 3)... may be made of various kinds of metals, such as copper, with or without thin coating of other material such as silver, gold or the like...
"Metal elements may be made of various materials or combinations of materials. metal elements may include, for example, solid copper, solid copepr laminated with gold with thickness of, for example, 80 micrometers, solid copper with presensce of solid bulk of gold, copper coated with thin layer of solver [ sic -- silver ? ] and/or palladium and/or platinum or all of the above mentioned in other physical forms similar to mesh...
"From the... various types of test parameters it is clearly shown that the efficiency of the production of thermal energy... is improved from about 10% to about 50%. The overall pollution... of exhaust gases has improve in the range of about 20% to about 66% and the specific pollution [ SO2 / SO3, NOx, and CO ] are mostly in the range of 10% to 50% of improvement..."
SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATION OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE
Inventor: BADASH ZION [IL] ; SAADY ILAN
Abstract -- The present invention provides an air supply assembly for providing air to a combustion engine, the air supply assembly comprising an air inlet opening; an air outlet opening; and a metal element positioned in an air flow path between the air inlet opening and air outlet opening, wherein, when air which flowed through the metal element is used for combustion in the combustion engine, the fuel consumption of the combustion engine is reduced and/or the air pollution created by the combustion engine is reduced. The present invention also provides a method for reducing fuel consumption of a combustion engine and a method for reducing air pollution created by a combustion engine, the method comprising passing air through a metal element; and using the air for combustion in the combustion engine.